from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Calvinist who holds that election is a logical consequent of the Fall of man in the original divine plan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of that class of Calvinists who consider the decree of election as contemplating the apostasy as past and the elect as being at the time of election in a fallen and guilty state; -- opposed to
Supralapsarian. The former considered the election of grace as a remedy for an existing evil; the latter regarded the fall as a part of God's original purpose in regard to men.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Infralapsarians, or to their doctrine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to infralapsarianism or to those who hold it.
- n. [capitalized] One who believes in infralapsarianism.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church — a far from authoritative source, I fear — declares that the terms "infralapsarian" and "sublapsarian" are interchangeable and favors the latter.
My response is that concupiscence dwells "objectively" in the body, and continues its "objective" presence in the body throughout the course of our infralapsarian existence; and that we should expect holiness to "trump" temptations or disordered tendencies in the area of sexuality exactly as often as we should expect holiness to "trump" the reality of having to undergo death.
Canons does not rule on this controversy but favors the infralapsarian side.
Canons of Dort is not sublapsarian but infralapsarian.
This view, that God enacted His predes - tinating decrees only after Adam's fall, has been labeled infralapsarian or sublapsarian.
Assembly, while they clearly imply the infralapsarian view, were yet so framed as to avoid offence to those who adopted the supralapsarian theory.
The Scriptures are practically infralapsarian, — Christians are said to have been chosen "out of" the world, John 15: 19; the potter has a right over the clay, "from the same lump," to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor, Romans 9: 21; and the elect and the non-elect are regarded as being originally in a common state of misery.
There is no Reformed confession which teaches the supralapsaian view; but on the other hand a considerable number do explicitly teach the infralapsarian view, which thus emerges as the typical form of Calvinism.
Only the infralapsarian scheme is self-consistent or consistent with other facts.
The infralapsarian view is still more obviously assumed in the answer to the l9th and 20th questions in the 'Shorter Catechism.'